FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pitchers Alfredo Aceves and Dennys Reyes took care of their visa issues at the Mexican consulate in Hermasillo Wednesday and are expected back in camp Friday.
"Everything went well,'' said Francona. "It went like we hoped it would and they'll be on the field (Friday).''
Aceves had been in camp and had thrown two side sessions before departing. Reyes had been delayed in arriving and has yet to be in camp.
"We haven't seen him,'' said Francona. "Hopefully, he's been throwing a lot. Not being in camp is certainly not an advantage. We'll have to gauge where he is and how quickly he can get into it. We'll have a little better feel as we see him throwing the next couple of days.''
The Sox will pack up their belongings at the Player Development Complex Friday afternoon and shift operations for the start of the final season at City of Palms Parks, where they play exhibition games, starting Saturday.
Two pitchers dealing with arm issues will be left behind when the team departs: Junichi Tazawa, who underwent Tommy John surgery last spring and had his first full bullpen session earlier in the week and Brandon Duckworth, whose right shoulder revealed some weakness during testing earlier in camp.
Both will continue on prescribed throwing programs.
After a day off from swinging Wednesday, Adrian Gonzalez hit off a tee Thursday, taking 36 swings. He'll repeat the same workload Friday.
"He's building up volume as he goes,'' Francona said. "He tolerated everything real well.''
Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was excused from camp with a bug which has
been going through the clubhouse. He's expected to return Friday...Francona
will be absent from camp Friday after the passing of his grandmother. Bench
coach DeMarlo Hale will run camp Friday morning, which will be cut short
to accommodate a scheduled charity golf tournament Friday afternoon.